This morning Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President Jim Ryan made an appearance on the early morning program BBC Breakfast to talk about the launch of the PS4. Unfortunately the host seemed to have a different agenda and tried to steer the discourse in another direction, lamenting the fact that kids play games too much.
The host mentioned that there’s a lot of frustration between parents due to the fact that every time they walk into the living room their sons are playing with their console, asking Ryan how long would he advise for kid to play games for. Ryan was fast on his feet and rather clear cut in his response.
Well… You need to look after your kids a bit better. We feel parents have considerable responsibility in this. We make the games, our industry makes the games: some are for children and some are for adults and we feel that parental responsibility is fundamental.
Game. Set. Match. I couldn’t think of a better and more appropriate response, and it’s honestly saddening that the mainstream media still tries to blame video games over the responsibilites of parents like they were some kind of electronic baby sitter.
Well played, Mr. Ryan. Well played.
(Thanks for the tip, Michael Burton)